Song of the Day: Can’t Talk – Tiera Beverly

Produced by Jason Mater (Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Eminem) and Brandon Rogers (Alec Benjamin, Troye Sivan, Bea Miller), TIERA BEVERLY‘s leading single ‘Can’t Talk’ oozes  sultry vocals, dramatic drums and soaring smokey harmonies, creating a throwback feel to Beverly’s love of 90’s girl groups. The track is brought to life with live musicians and twinkling keys, emitting a mesmerizing ambiance and showcasing her love for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aaliyah.

Thematically ‘Can’t Talk’ narrates the journey of youth and realizing that to reach your goals you need to put yourself first. Beverly reveals, “This song was inspired by what I view as the current state that we live in, as far as technology. I do like things about social media, but I do feel like we are in a world so fueled by the need for constant reassurance and instant gratification. I definitely think that a lot of people have such a short attention span and it can cause for insecurity in relationships”.

The Los Angeles-based R&B songstress was born into a family of musicians – her father and grandfather (the famed Frankie Beverly) were both musicians and accomplished artists.

Check out the sultry production for the seductive ‘Can’t Talk’ below…

New Music Video: Revvin’ – Ocean Wisdom (ft. Dizzee Rascal)

OCEAN WISDOM releases his album along with the video to ‘Revvin’, featuring one of the UK’s biggest stars Dizzee Rascal.

The record is one of the many golden finds from the album, showing off the rappers warp speed flow and double-time delivery, which is one of his many unique eccentricities. Joined by the Boy In Da Corner, Dizzee Rascal, who described OCEAN WISDOM during their studio session as a “mental lyricist, one of the best I’ve heard period”, brings his own flavour and vibe to the track adding his own quick-time flows and savage bars that leave you in awe of the talent coming from one tune. Following its radio premiere with DJ Target on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show, ‘Revvin’ tipped the BBC website as the most listened to track from his shows throughout the week and was subsequently chosen as the DJ’s Record Of The Week on the station.

As the second visual to drop from the album, the bar is raised by OCEAN WISDOM on his own work as nostalgia, energy and raw venom spin out of the scenes. Filmed at night surrounded by their own crews, the rappers are clearly at ease and in the moment as they drip with effortless swag to deliver a dope video that captures the essence of ‘Revvin’. Both wrap their flows around the beat perfectly, bringing an old skool vibe and blowing up the beat for one of the biggest tracks on the album.

Released on the 23rd February, ‘Wizville’ is the pinnacle of OCEAN WISDOM’s work so far. His unswayable integrity and confidence towards his music has awarded him with the kudos that it takes to confirm artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Method Man, P Money, Rodney P, Roots Manuva & Chester P and productions from Rude Kid, Pete Cannon, Mystry and more, across the 20 impressive records that make up this important offering. Whilst unique blends of genre-merging flows weave in to thought-provoking lyricism to create a tapestry of moods, emotions and sonic nirvana.

Having built an impressive following in his own unique way, away from the tried and tested routes of fellow rappers, the raw poetic and unfiltered rapper signed to High Focus Records in 2014, (the label that has spearheaded the UK hop-hop movement for the last eight years, including ‘Rag’n’Bone Man’s’ first projects that set him firmly on course for superstardom), and regularly tips a million streams on tracks uploaded to his Spotify account as well as his YouTube hits netting over 15 million views.

Through his versatility and unparalleled lyrical creativity, stage presence and flow, OCEAN WISDOM delivers major impressions in each aspect of his artistry, from performing to main-stage crowds of over 10,000 people to dethroning Eminem as the ‘fastest rapper’, after managing to fit an impressive 4.45 words per second into his track ‘Walkin’ compared to Eminem’s 4.31 words per second in ‘Rap God’, as documented by UniLad. This article would go on to become viral, drawing praise for Wizzy as well as being commented on by some of the industry’s forerunners such as The Game, D12 and Akon.

New Track: Chloraseptic (Remix) – McSxorpio

After a short spell away from the blog’s spotlight, MCSXORPIO starts the new year with a dope remix of Eminem’s track ‘Chloraseptic’.

The Atlanta hip-hop newcomer – whose aim is to spread positivity among the young generation – made his entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his 60s retro debut, ‘New National Anthem.’

Before you head off, check out his follow-up.

New Music Video: The Warning – Lil Probz

LIL PROBZ returns bolder with a brand new music video for track, ‘The Warning’ taken from his E.P, ‘Concrete Vol.1’, released on Sunday (13 August) via Underground Kulture.

In the two-and-a-half minute production, the grime MC spits effortlessly over a rhythmic bounce of the infectiously heavy bass line – warning every one of his mammoth return!

‘The Warning’ is a the first release from the EP, ‘Concrete Vol.1’. Tracks ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘All Stars Remix’ inject energy into the six-track collection with a woofer of a bass line. The EP also includes laid-back bangers, ‘No Chill’ (sampled from Mobb Deep’s hit ‘Quiet Storm), ‘Letter to My Son’ (sampled Eminem’s ‘Mockingbird) and the reggae-fused ‘Smoked Out’.

Hailing from East London, LIL PROBZ shot onto the Grime scene like a ball out of a cannon. Having support from SBTV, Link up TV, Rinse FM, and other big channels, LIL PROBZ has also garnered attention from the likes of Tim Westwood where he has previously been a guest on the 1Xtra show.

With a bombastic EP and music video now out for your inspection, 2017 will see this MC on-a-steady-rise go viral.

‘Concrete Vol.1’ is available as a free download right here.

Interview with: Antonia Redding

Antonia Redding in Brighton, England on 29 Decmber 2015.

After reviewing I Find Myself Here, named album of the month by NEW LEASE MUSIC, it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome back ANTONIA REDDING  to find out what she’s up to – and the inspiration behind her latest project.

NLM: First of all, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC

AR: Thank you for inviting me, it’s my pleasure.

NLM: You released your album I Find Myself Here in January. Describe the story behind the project?

AR: Since arriving in UK from Zimbabwe in 2005 I have been writing songs, developing my guitar, percussion and vocal skills and working on live performance practise. By 2013 I had an extensive body of work and my loyal fans began asking when I would bring out a CD. I had made a few attempts at recording but felt that my inadequate understanding of the production process was holding me back from achieving the quality I was after. I started studying production techniques, under the guidance of Joe Watson, and felt that a new doorway had opened up for me.

I decided to record one song with Joe in My 2014. This song was, Hold On, Release, which turned out so well that I decided to stick with Joe and at least record an EP. In fact 18 months later I had a twelve track album, I Find Myself Here, not just of my back catalogue but containing 5 songs I wrote during the recording process. Although Joe and I are mostly responsible for the instrumentation, I have also had some wonderfully accomplished guest artists. All in all this has produced an album that has exceeded my expectations.


NLM: What’s the public reception on the album?

AR: I have received a wonderful reaction to the album. My loyal fans who loved my songs really appreciated the quality of production. Those who did not know my music before have given great feedback about the lyrics, vocals and musicianship on the album. It has been described as ‘real’, ‘authentic’, ‘uplifting’, ‘heartfelt’, ‘deep’, ‘joyful’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘passionate’. Many have commented on the African rhythms that weave their way all through the album, giving it a unique feel.

NLM: What’s your favourite track on the album and why?

AR: I have different favourites at different times, depending on my mood, but if I had to pick one it would be Hearts and Stars. This song is special to me as I created it at one of my darkest times, and yet is so uplifting and filled with hope it makes me bounce with joy. It represents the essence of what songwriting is for me. A form of alchemy that transmutes dark powerful overwhelming emotions into something beautiful and joyful.


NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

AR: Deep and thoughtful lyrics with a blend of folk sounds, rock guitar, interesting instruments and African rhythms.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?

AR: Of all the chart toppers, I have always admired Eminem as a lyricist. I enjoy hip hop beats and the way they are a vehicle for strong lyrics and vocals. I am always interested in doing collaborations outside of my primary genre, to extend my musical boundaries and expand my vocal abilities. So I would love to collaborate with Eminem.

NLM: If you were granted three wishes to change the music industry, what would they be?

AR: The music industry is in a state of rapid change at the moment due to advances in technology and access via the internet. I believe that this means the wishes I have for the industry are coming to pass.

a) A democratisation of the industry, that is more artist than label focused. We have better access to a wider range of independent artists who are driving their own success and are not so ‘hit’ focused, as is the limited field of major record labels. This means there is greater scope for creativity and the emergence of new and exciting sounds, and a focus on ‘great’ songs instead.

b) A crossover of global artists working together creating new future sounds.

c) Greater expansion and focus on live gigs and musical experiences.

NLM: What are your plans for the rest of 2016? Do you have any upcoming gigs/other projects?

AR: 2016 is an exciting year for me. With my album completed I can focus more on live gigs. Primarily my partner and I are developing an exclusive, private live venue in Brighton. I will be performing here over the summer and plan to develop live streaming of these events to make the live experience available to my global fans.

I have an exciting gig at Zimfest, Oslo, in Norway at the end of August. Not only will I have the chance to perform my songs, I have the great honour of performing backing vocals with Busi Ncube. She is a Zimbabwean legend and has always been one of my favourite live artists.

As far as writing and production go, I am collaborating with some different artists, in and out of my primary genre. I am coming up with some interesting new songs and expanding my vocal range.

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

AR: Potential fans can reach me via my website

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

AR: If music didn’t exist I would be an environmentalist. I love nature and am keen to find sustainable solutions to live harmoniously, rather than erroneously on this earth. I believe that this planet as our common ground, and what unites us as humanity. I hope that as humans we realise how petty our perceived differences are in the face of a universal view.